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12:35 AM ET, March 17, 2013


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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Rand Paul edges Rubio to win CPAC straw poll  —  Rand Paul edged out Marco Rubio in the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, reinforcing their standing as the preeminent favorites of the Republican base heading into 2016.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Times:
Rand Paul wins The Washington Times-CPAC 2013 Straw Poll  —  Marco Rubio takes second place  —  Sen. Rand Paul won the 2013 Washington Times-CPAC presidential preference straw poll Saturday, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a close second, easily outdistancing the rest of the field and signaling …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Scott Walker opens up about White House ambitions  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged in an interview Friday that he's open to a presidential bid and pointedly declined to pledge to serve a full four-year term if he's reelected next year.  —  Walker insisted he was visiting Iowa …
Rand Paul / CNN:
TRENDING: Rand Paul wins 2013 CPAC presidential straw poll  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.  Paul won with 25% of the vote and finished slightly ahead of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.
Discussion: Politico
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Coveted CPAC straw poll offers a blurry snapshot of future presidential field
Discussion: Politico
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Facing Bailout Tax, Cypriots Try to Get Cash Out of Banks  —  ATHENS — In a move that could set off new fears of contagion across the euro zone, anxious depositors lined up at cash machines on Saturday in Cyprus to withdraw money hours after European officials in Brussels required that part …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Pamela Geller: CPAC's Muslim Board Member Is ‘Worse Than Al-Awlaki’  —  Another year, another attack on Suhail Khan  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A prominent conservative activist Saturday accused of Muslim conservative of waging a “stealth Jihad” against the movement, warning his position …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Dread That Is Ted  —  It is possible that the high point of this week in Washington came when Senator Dianne Feinstein told Senator Ted Cruz to stop treating her as if she were in middle school.  —  Let me set the stage.  First, pretend you're Feinstein.  You started your political career in San Francisco.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann Accuses Obama Of Living A Life Of Excess  —  In one of her first major addresses since winning a close re-election bid in November, the Tea Party favorite conceded during her address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday that Obama and his family …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Bachmann attacks Obamas over ‘life of excess’ during address at CPAC
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Reaction
Jim Newell / Guardian:
CPAC 2013: Sarah Palin delivers rallying call to Republican crowd - live  —  On the final day of the annual conservative jamboree, the speakers include Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter  —  Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice-president in 2008, is speaking at CPAC.  —  Sort by:
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sarah Palin fires up conservative grassroots in speech at CPAC
Discussion: American Power, CNN and Twitchy
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
American public incrreasingly sympathetic towards Israel  —  The extent to which Americans sympathize more with Israelis than with Palestinians has reached its all-time high, according to a new Gallup poll.  The survey found that the sympathies of 64 percent of Americans reside with Israelis …
Discussion: Gallup
David Taylor / BBC:
The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon's ‘treason’  —  Declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson's telephone calls provide a fresh insight into his world.  Among the revelations - he planned to fly into the 1968 Democratic Convention and win the presidential nomination.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Paul Krugman:
The Very Confident Jean-Claude Trichet  —  I'm somewhat belatedly getting to Jean-Claude Trichet's op-ed in the Times; now that I have, I find myself puzzled.  What, exactly, was his purpose in writing this?  For that matter, what, exactly, did it say?  I live and breathe this stuff …
The Raw Story:
Scientists excited by discovery of ‘Underground Galapagos’  —  Diverse underground ecosystems buried deep beneath the Earth's crust may offer clues to the origins of life on Earth, several recent studies have revealed.  —  Whether it is tiny worms found wriggling in the depths of a South African mine …
Jerusalem Post:
US asks Turkey for help with ME peace process  —  Kerry calls Turkish counterpart, asks for Ankara's help in restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace process; Ankara turns down request.  —  US Secretary of State John Kerry called his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu this week …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
VIDEO: CPAC Attendees Blast GOP Senator Who Announced Support For Marriage Equality  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Sen. Rob Portman's (R-OH) decision to support marriage equality was not warmly received at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday.
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